Music By Request

Saturday, 9am to 1pm

Join us for a longstanding IPR tradition -  Music by Request, Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., hosted by Gretchen Carr.  Each Saturday, take part in curating a playlist with your fellow Classical IPR listeners. 

There are several ways to make a request:

CALL: 800-441-9422 (the phone lines open at 8:30 a.m.)


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Thanks to listeners in Cadillac, Beulah, Traverse City, Frankfort, Ocqueoc, Cheboygan and Sheboygan for your requests this week.

1. Jean Sibelius, Symphony no. 2 (fourth movement); James DePreist/Oregon Symphony

2. Gerald Finzi, Eclogue for piano and strings; William Boughton/English String Orchestra/Martin Jones

3. John Rutter, The Lord is My Shepherd; Cambridge Singers/City of London Sinfonia

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 (first movement); Kurt Masur/Gewandhaus Orchestra

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Featured on today's program was Bright Blue Music from Michael Torke's Color Music Suite for Orchestra. The composition is associated withe Torke's synethesia which is a the perceptual phenomenon when one sensory or cognitive perception leads to another sensory or cognitive perception or simply said, a mingling of the senses.  A synesthete hears color, feels sounds, and tastes shapes. 

1.     Chen Gang and He Zhan Hoa, Butterfly Lovers Concerto, Gil Shaham, Singapoe Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui

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Featured on today's playlist was a recording of E. Power Biggs performing Scott Joplin's Sunflower Slowdrag on a John Challis pedal harpsichord.  John Challis grew up in southeastern Michigan and attended Eastern Michigan University.  He became the only harpsichord builder in North America where he worked out of a two-story space above a dress shop in Ypsilanti.  He later moved to New York City when his home was condemned to build the Chrysler Freeway.

1.     Johann Sebastian Bach, transcription by August Strada, Organ Sonata in E minor, Vikingur Olafsson

Today's playlist featured Folk Suite No. 2 by William Grant Still. His career as a composer was comprised of many "firsts." His Symphony No.1  was premiered by Howard Hanson and the Rochester Philharmonic, the first symphony performed by an African-American composer.  In 1936 he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the United States. The New York City Opera performed his Troubled island, the first opera by an African-American composer.

Featured on today's program were exceprts from The Long View: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs by Patrice Michaels.  Michaels, a composer and vocalist arranges Ginsburg's legal opinions, letters, and lectures creating an episodic portrait of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice, wife, mother and feminist icon. 

1.     Erik Satie, Je te veux, Jean-Yves Thibaudet

2.     Julie Giroux, Fort McHenry Suite, U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, Col. Larry H. Lang

3.     John Tavener, Song for Athene, VOCES8

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Featured on today's playlist were compositions that are traditionally performed at the annual BBC Proms, formally known as the Henry Woods Promenade Concerts.  Prom is short for promenade concert, a term originally referring to outdoor concerts in London's pleasure gardens, where the audience was free to stroll while the orchestra performed. 

1.     Claude Debussy, Sirenes from Trois Nocturnes, Paris Orchestra Women’s Chorus and Orchestra of Paris, Daniel Barenboim

2.     Aaron Copland, Symphony No. 3, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Featured on today's playlist was Charles Ives' Central Park in the Dark.  This transcendental work evokes the sounds one would hear sitting in New York's Central Park at the turn of the twentieth century.  

1.     George Frederick Handel, Sonata in G minor, Jacqueline Du Pre with Ernest Lush

2.     J. Fred Coots, For all we know, Drew Tretick, London Symphony Orchestra, Bob Krosgstad

3.     Aaron Copland, Symphony 3, London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

4.     Giacomo Puccini, O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi, Maria Callas

Featured on today's program was Samuel Barber's Summer Music .  The work was commissioned from the Chamber Music Society of Detroit and premiered in 1956  by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  In lieu of of a commission fee, Barber took donations from the audience.  

1.     Richard Strauss, Cacille, Barbara Hendricks with Wolfgang Sawallisch

2.     Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude in G minor, Glenn Gould

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Featured on today's playlist was a recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D minor by E. Power Biggs.   Known for his dignified manner and witty conversation, Biggs aroused interest in serious organ music  in the U.S. beginning in the 1930's.   A renowned expert on the older organs of Europe, he was very serious about the encroaching of electronic organs in churches and concert halls. When an electronic organ was installed in the 1970's at Carnegie Hall, he stated, "The present device cheapens the hall and ruins its image as a place of excellence."


Today's playlist featured a recording of Licia Albanese as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme.  Albanese's rich soprano range thrilled audiences during her long spanning career.  She brought passion and committment to each performance.  In a 2004 interview with Allan Ulrich of the San Francisco Chronicle, "I always changed every performance.  I was never boring, and I'm against copying. What I learned from the great singers was not to copy, but that the drama is in the music."  

1.      Claude Debussy, Estampes, Jean Yves Thibaudet

Featured on today's program were the Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahams.  A set of 21 pieces composed originally for piano, four hands, they are based on Hungarian themes.  

1.      George Frederick Handel, Concerto Grosso No. 11, Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman

2.     Antonin Dvorak, O Silver Moon from Rusalka, Renee Fleming, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

3.     Philip Sparke, Strathcarron-Sword Dance from Hymn of the Highlands, Brass Band Froschl Hall, Hannes Buchegger

Ancient Pages

Happy Swiss National Day! Featured on today's program was the William Tell Overture from Gioacchino Rossini's opera, William Tell.   This popular work features a depiction of a storm and viviacious finale "The March of the Swiss soldiers".  William Tell is a legenday folk hero of Switzerland who symbolizes the struggle for political and individual freedom. 

1.     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata in F major, Andre Watts

2.    Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring, New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein

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Today's playlist consisted of many works composed for film and television.  Composers included Ramin Djawadi, Elmer Bernstein, Maurice Jarre, John Wiliams, Ennio Morricone, Thomas Newman, Howard Shore, John Barry and Michael Legrand.  

1.     Charles Ives, Hymns from Symphony No. 4, Richard Webster, Members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus

2.     George Frederick Handel, Eternal Source Light Divine from Ode to the Birthday of Queen Anne, Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Nelson

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Featured on today's playlist was Sea Fever by John Ireland  featuring the poetry of John Masefield. 

"I must go down to the seas again: to the lonely sea and the sky, 

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, 

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail shaking, 

And a grey mist on the sea's face , and a grey dawn breaking. "

1.     Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein


Today's featured composer was Ennio Morricone. He will be remembered for being one of the most influential creators of music for modern cinema.  Morricone stated that he was able to hear his music in his mind, and therefore he composed not at the piano, but at his desk.  

1.     George Gershwin, Embraceable You, Katia and Marielle Labeque

2.     George M. Cohen, A Cohen Medley, George M. Cohen

3.     Hector Berlioz, La Marseillaise, Sylvia McNair, Richard Leach, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

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Music written for voice constituted nearly half of today's program.  We heard ensembles VOCES8, Anonymous 4, The London Opera Chorus, Cambridge Singers, and the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, along with the voices of  Bryn Terfel, Renata Tebaldi, Renee Fleming, Carol Vaness, Jussi Bjoerling, Joan Sutherland, Carlo Bergonzi, Emma Stone, Dawn Upshaw, Peggy Wood, Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews, and Charmian Carr.

1.     Claude Debussy, Children’s Corner Suite, Yoshiko Okada

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The late Vera Lynn was the most requested artist on today's program.  

1.     Johann Sebastian Bach, Goldberg Variation, Glenn Gould

2.     Charles Ives, Variations on America, Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

3.     George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, Yuga Wang, Vienna Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

4.     Fritz Kreisler, Caprice Viennois, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Andre Previn

5.     Hugh Charles and Ross Parker, We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn

6.     Nat Burton and Walter Kent, White Cliffs of Dover, Vera Lynn

Music by Request for June 13, 2020

Jun 13, 2020
G. Schirmer

Today's playlist included The Northern Pines by John Philip Sousa.  The work was composed in 1931 and named for the tall and beautiful pine trees that blanket the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts.  The march was dedicated to the students who attended the camp and Dr. Joseph Maddy

1.     Karl Jenkins, Palladio, London Philharmonic Strings, Karl Jenksin

2.     Peter Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel

3.     Percy Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Frederick Fennel

Music by Request for June 6, 2020

Jun 6, 2020
National Park Service

Today's playlist featured, Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait.  This orchestral work incorporated speeches and letters from President Lincoln.  

Here is  an excerpt included in the compostion, taken from Lincoln's Annual message to Congress in 1862. 

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the story present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise to the occasion.  As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country."

Music By Request playlist for May 30, 2020

May 30, 2020
Raise Your Voice: Full Frame Documentary

Today's playlist featured music performed and arranged by Sweet Honey in the Rock.  This ensemble was founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973.  The ensemble's messages are proclaimed through a large catalog of songs addressing the world's woes.   Their music combines contemporary rhythms and narratives with a musical style rooted in Gospel music, spirituals and hymns. 

1.     Frederick Chopin, Waltz in C sharp, minor, Van Cliburn

2.     Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata No. 1 F minor, Alfred Brendel

3.     Traditional, African Drum Invocation, Jessye Norman

Music By Request playlist for May 23, 2020

May 23, 2020
Library of Congress

The Vacant Chair was a Civil War poem written by Henry S. Washburn and set to music by George Root in 1862.  The song mourns the loss of a son during the Battle of Bull Run. The image of ‘the vacant chair’ signifies the empty space Grout’s absence left as the family gathered for Thanksgiving.

1.     Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 9, “The New World”, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir George Solti

2.     John Barry, Somewhere in Time, Royal Philharmonia, John Barry

Music By Request for May 16, 2020

May 16, 2020

Today's program featured film music from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.   Thank you to listeners from Holland, Cadillac, Buckley, Bear Lake, Frankfort, Petoskey, Cheyboygan, Torch River, Lake City, Honor, Old Mission, Manistee, Lexington KY, Oklahoma City, OK, and Baltimore MD. 

1.      Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, Multinational Orchestra and Chorus, Leonard Bernstein

2.     Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt, Greg McCallum

3.     Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance: March in D major, London Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim

Music By Request for May 9, 2020

May 9, 2020

Thank you to listeners from Petoskey and Grayling who requested two songs featuring Dame Vera Lynn, a British singer, songwriter and actress who was widely popular during World War II.  At the age of 103, she recently led a rousing rendition of We'll Meet Again outside her home in West Sussex in honor of of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.   She is quoted in recently saying "I hope today serves as a reminder that no matter how hard things get, we will meet again." 

1.     Aaron Copland, Quiet City, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Berstein

Music By Request for May 2, 2020

May 2, 2020
E. Heemond 2015

Featured on today's program were excerpts from Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals.  Saint-Saens wrote this work while secluding himself in a small Austrian village after a disastrious concert tour.  He regarded the work as a piece of fun.  It is widely regarded as his best known work and popular with music teachers and young children. 

1.     Edgard Meyer, Sliding Down, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall, Bela Fleck

2.     Franz Schubert, Impromptu in G flat major, Kyoko Tabe

3.     Traditional Spiritual, Deep River, Chanticleer

Music by Request for April 25, 2020

Apr 25, 2020
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Edward B. Catton served at WIAA/IPR from 1964 - 1997

Ed was known as "the voice of Interlochen Public Radio," and spent his three-decade career at the station as a beloved classical music host, and the creator of Music by Request.  Support this beloved Saturday tradition, and    make a gift to IPR today.  

1.     Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man, London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland